Strive Festival

Friday 5 August 2016 - Sunday 7 August 2016

Proudly sponsored by Gumtree

Day and weekend passes are now sold out.

There are still plenty of free events to enjoy throughout the festival, including an outdoor DJ set featuring 90s music, dance workshops with ZooNation and Kinetika Bloco, a pop-up basketball court and an affordable market. No booking required, just turn up on the day.

For ticket releases and updates on future Strive events, email with 'Wristband' in the subject line. Calling all young thinkers, dreamers, movers and shakers: unleash your creativity at Strive festival.

Strive is Southbank Centre's festival for 15- to 25-year-olds. Curated in collaboration with our Youth Ambassadors, the festival celebrates and showcases the creativity, new ideas and artistic passions of young people today.

Whether you love music, dance, poetry or visual arts, Strive is packed full of performances, practical workshops and careers advice to inspire and empower you.

View the Strive festival timetable here

How do I attend?

Strive Day or Weekend Pass will get you into the heart of the festival and access to over 20 different creative workshops and performances.

Saturday Day Pass – Saturday 6 August

Day Pass events include: Screen Printing Workshop, Tie Dye Workshop, Poetry Workshop with Rachel Long, How to... Put on a Gig, Zine-Making Workshop, Portraits in an Hour, Draw London Workshop, BAC Beatbox Academy Workshop, a series of BFI short film screenings, and an exclusive performance of Pell Ensemble’s DAVID

Sunday Day Pass – Sunday 7 August

Day Pass events include: Make a Track With Your Mobile, Drumming Masterclass with Girls Rock London, Screen Printing Workshop, Tie Dye Workshop, Phone Photography Masterclass, Gumtree presents Coding in an Hour, How to... Use Your Social Media Creatively and How to... Get Yourself Out There.

Strive Young Entrepreneur 2016

Do you have a performance proposal up your sleeve or an arts business you dream of making a reality? Pitch your idea here at Southbank Centre before our panel of leading arts and business creatives. You could win £250 worth of business development vouchers, one-on- one mentoring from professionals and a platform at next year’s Strive festival.

You must be aged 15 – 25 to enter. To find out how to apply, please email

Strive Market 

Join us in our cheap and chic Strive Market on Saturday and Sunday, where you can pick up the latest affordable must-haves, designed by young creatives, artists and more.

Strive Juice

Southbank Centre’s Food Market will be here for the entirety of Strive festival. As part of our deal for Strive wristband holders, Elephant Juice Bar will be offering freshly blended juice for just £1. Show your wristband at the stall to get your juice!

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